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British Expeditionary Force

Peter Simkins
Between 1914 and 1918 the British Expeditionary Force grew from a small professional striking force into a mass army, which was not only bigger than any in Britain’s history, but was also capable of fighting and winning a modern, industrialised war on a continental scale.

Prostitution

Journey Steward
Prostitution was considered among the most important societal problems facing civilian-military authorities in belligerent countries during World War I. Despite growing military control of the civilian realm in many places, the social upheaval caused by the war provided more space – including barracks and military parade grounds – for casual, non-marital, and sometimes commercial, sexual transactions.

Formation of the Royal Air Force

Mark Wells
Created in April 1918 to overcome the complex challenges occasioned by wartime pressures, bureaucratic competition, and public outcry, the Royal Air Force became the world’s first independent air arm.

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